ISIS Sinai commander meets with Hamas leaders in Gaza, underlining cooperation between the two organizations

 

The commander of ISIS’ Sinai branch met with Hamas leaders in Gaza on Thursday, Israel’s Channel 2 reported. The ISIS leader, Shadi al-Menei, met with Hamas to discuss how to cooperate and widen attacks on Israeli and Egyptian targets. In July, Times of Israel journalist Avi Issacharoff called the relationship between Hamas and ISIS’ Sinai Province as one of “close cooperation.” Earlier this year, Issacharoff reported, Hamas launched drones to spy on Egyptian troop movements in Sinai along the Gaza border, in order to “keep smuggling routes open between Sinai and Gaza. These routes are vital to Hamas on one side of the border, and Islamic State on the other.” Hamas actively trains ISIS’ Sinai militants, some of whom have been treated in Gaza hospitals. Al-Menei himself, at one point, hid out in Gaza under Hamas’ protection. In July 2015, Sinai Province put their training to use and carried out a coordinated attack against Egyptian security forces in northern Sinai, killing dozens. That same month, the group also claimed responsibility for launching a missile at an Egyptian naval vessel off the coast of northern Sinai as well as the firing of rockets into Israel’s southern Eshkol region.Some analysts have referred to the terror wave in Israel as the “ISIS uprising” and ISIS has issued videos praising the terror attacks and calling for more violence against Israelis and Jews. ISIS released a video called “Project Behead the Jews”; in another video, the speaker says “we will not enjoy our lives or take pleasure with a lavish abode until we liberate Al-Aqsa from the defilement of the sons of apes and pigs.” A Palestinian who attacked the Beersheba bus station, killing an IDF soldier, in October said that he was inspired by ISIS. In October, a Hebrew-speaking ISIS militant vowed that “soon there will not be one Jew left in Jerusalem” and declared, “We will enter al-Aksa mosque as conquerors, using our cars as bombs to strike the Jewish ramparts.”

 

The female shooter in the Wednesday terror attack in San Bernardino, Calif., posted an oath of allegiance on Facebook to ISIS and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during the attack, CNN has reported.Tashfeen Malik made the post under a pseudonym. The New York Times reported that the investigation showed that Malik and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, had been erasing the trail of their online activity in the days leading up to the attack. This activity has suggested to authorities that the attack was premeditated.

Thomas Joscelyn, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, gave a possible explanation for Malik’s oath of loyalty to Baghdadi during the attack. Joscelynnoted on Twitter that according to Dabiq, ISIS’ online magazine, “believers shouldn’t die in a state of disobedience & should swear allegiance before death.”

Law enforcement sources told CNN on Thursday that Farook had been in contact with at least one individual who was involved in terror and was being investigated by the FBI.

It has also emerged that Farook had jihadist views regarding Israel. The Times reportedthat in a recent conversation with one of his eventual victims, Nicholas Thalasinos, Farook was heard denying that Israel is the Jewish homeland and saying that Jews didn’t belong in Israel.

The couple opened fire on the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, where Farook was employed, on Wednesday, killing 14 and wounding at least 17 others. According to subsequent reports, they left an explosive device at the center and had a bomb-making laboratory in their home. (via TheTower.org)

 

Israeli event-management platform Bizzabo recently won “Best Event Management Software” and “Favorite Event Technology Supplier – The People’s Choice Award” at this year’s Event Tech Awards in London. “This year’s event technology awards saw the best of the best recognized for the great achievements, development and work they had delivered for the wider events sector in 2015,” said Adam Parry, commercial director of Event Tech Live. “The competition and caliber of this year’s entries were of the highest standard, being shortlisted is an achievement in itself however those who won on the night should be especially proud. Bizzabo picking up two awards shows how hard the team is working to make a difference within the sector and they are the people’s choice for an all in one event management platform,” said Parry. Bizzabo says it is the first in its space to introduce an integrated event management system for mid-sized events. The Israeli company’s all-in-one “event success” platform offers event planners a website builder, registration management, advanced analytics, networking tools and event app. “Ultimately, we built Bizzabo to empower event organizers to plan better events and we are honored to be recognized for the tangible impact that our product is making,” said CEO and co-founder of Bizzabo, Eran Ben-Shushan. “To be recognized by both industry experts and event organizers from all around the world for the new platform we launched in February 2015 is incredibly exciting for us. This especially proves to us again and again that our industry is evolving, and the innovative approach we took is perfectly aligned with the needs of modern event planners.” “I think Bizzabo is one of the most forward-thinking companies in the events industry,” said Liz King, CEO and Chief Event Specialist at Liz King Events. “They are developing solutions that are much-needed and doing so in a way that is user friendly and approachable to the average planner. They’re taking the biggest wins from the tech world in general and creating products that are game changers for the events industry.” Bizzabo has offices in New York and Israel. It was co-founded by Ben-Shushan, Alon Alroy, and Boaz Katz. (via Israel21c)


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